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Toward a White Wakanda

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The new Black Panther film is problematic in some respects. Seeing blacks idealized in an advanced world of the future–that of Wakanda–is probably bad for the average white person. It doesn’t give them the sort of accurate view of a typical black society I showed in my Similarities article.  Read more …

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The Legend of Suram Fortress

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The Legend of Suram Fortress is a Georgian-language film directed by Sergei Parajanov and Dodo Abashidze based on a Georgian folk legend involving a young man whose sacrificial immurement within the walls of Suram Fortress enables the fortress to stand erect and protect the nation against foreign invaders. Read more …

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Spielberg’s War:
Saving Private Ryan & the Jewish Experience

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Saving Private Ryan is widely acknowledged to be one of the best war films ever made. Released in 1998, the film quickly became both a critical and commercial success, and was soon nominated for 11 Oscars – ultimately going on to win five (including both Best Picture and Best Director). Spielberg was praised for challenging both audience desensitization and the idea of World War II as some sort of “glamorous” or “romantic”[1] affair, Read more …

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The Golem of Gotham:
Notes on the Scariest Movie Ever Made!

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The Colossus of New York (1958)
1958 / B&W / 1:78 enhanced widescreen / 70 min.
Producer: William Alland
Director: Eugène Lourié
Cast: Ross Martin, Otto Kruger, John Baragrey, Mala Powers and Charles Herbert.

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Trading Germans:
The Fate of the Transylvanian Germans . . . & the Rest of Us

Transylvania Saxons

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Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird:
The Triumph of Family Values

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Lady Bird
Written & Directed by Greta Gerwig
Starring Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts, Lucas Hedges, Timothée Chalamet, Beanie Feldstein, Stephen McKinley Henderson, & Lois Smith
2017

The Guardian has described Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut, Lady Bird, as an “antidote to Trump culture.” Read more …

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M. Night Shyamalan’s Flawed Masterpiece The Village

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The Village
Written & Directed by M. Night Shyamalan
Music by James Newton Howard
Starring Bryce Dallas Howard, Joaquin Phoenix, Adrien Brody, William Hurt, Brendon Gleeson, Cherry Jones, Sigourney Weaver, et al.
2004

Audiences and critics left theaters showing M. Night Shyamalan’s film The Village (2004) disappointed, polarized, or uncertain of this flawed masterpiece. Read more …

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Counter-Currents Radio Podcast No. 195
Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar

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The Philosophy of Death Wish:
A Metapolitical Work of Influence

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Death Wish
Directed by Michael Winner
Screenplay by Wendell Mayes
Starring Charles Bronson, Hope Lange, Stuart Margolin
1974

“The movie has an eerie kind of fascination, even though its message is scary.”–Roger Ebert

The 1974 film Death Wish, starring Charles Bronson as Paul Kersey, is a cultural force. Read more …

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He Was Just About . . . to Turn His Life Around!
Menace II Society & the Culmination of African Liberation

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Menace II Society
Directed by Allen & Albert Hughes
Starring Tyrin Turner, Jada Pinkett, Bill Duke, Larenz Tate, & Charles S. Dutton
1993

Although the Oscar Winner for Best Picture that year was an escapist, integrationalist Western called Unforgiven, Menace II Society was quite possibly the most culturally impactful movie of 1993. Read more …

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